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International Collaborative Efforts

Introduction

In January 2008, the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA) created a new leadership role, the Associate Director of International Affairs (ADIA). In establishing this position, UCEA aims to increase the collaboration and visibility between UCEA member institutions and other programs, agencies, and individuals involved in educational leadership preparation and development in countries around the world. In order to meet this goal, the ADIA is responsible for: (1) increasing international cooperation and partnerships, (2) encouraging international memberships in UCEA, and (3) developing international research and learning opportunities. Listed below are examples of projects for each area of responsibility.

In order to meet this goal, the ADIA is responsible for: (1) increasing international cooperation and partnerships, (2) encouraging international memberships in UCEA, and (3) developing international research and learning opportunities.  Listed below are examples of projects for each area of responsibility.

  1. International cooperation and partnerships.  UCEA members and their institutions are engaging in a variety of cooperative arrangements with international organizations and associations, including visitations and study tours, joint research and development projects, and student enrollment in graduate programs.  There are a growing number of international associations dedicated to advancing the knowledge and practice of educational leadership.  UCEA and the ADIA can encourage the following projects to increase cooperation and partnerships:
    • Survey UCEA members to determine existing partnerships, how they are resourced, and future interest and needs regarding partnership development
    • Create a data base of international partnerships
    • Publicize these partnerships (e.g., UCEA website, UCEA Review, AERA Division A Newsletter)
    • Locate funding sources to support collaborative international partnerships


  2. International memberships.  Currently, two international universities are UCEA members: The Chinese University of Hong Kong and the University of Lincoln (UK).  To successfully market UCEA membership outside the United States will require: (a) increasing faculty members’ knowledge of other international associations and their outlets for research and publication and (b) acquainting university faculty and members of international associations about the goals and professional opportunities offered by UCEA membership.  UCEA and the ADIA can support these types of projects to encourage collaboration and international memberships:

     

      • Encourage and fund UCEA members to attend and present their work at international conferences
      • Advertise research publications sponsored by international associations
      • Meet with international association leaders to determine ways of increasing inter-organizational collaboration
      • Solicit reactions from international member institutions and presenters at the UCEA Convention regarding the value of being involved in these activities
      • Continue to encourage international researchers and practitioners to present at the UCEA Convention
      • Periodically conduct the UCEA Convention outside the United States


    • International research and learning opportunities.  Many UCEA members have conducted cross-cultural research and have presented and published their work in international outlets.  A growing number of journals publish international research.  UCEA and the ADIA can oversee these types of projects to stimulate research and development:

       

      • Survey university faculty to determine the types of collaborative research being conducted or planned
      • Establish a data base of these research initiatives, including international journals and publishers that are reporting cross-cultural research 
      • Publicize these research efforts in American and international outlets
      • Identify possible funding sources for cross-cultural research